While working in the Ecuadorian Amazon with PhD student, Shawn McCraken, we found interesting contents in the extracted Aechmea zebrina bromeliads, like this tarantula. Shawn McCracken is a student at Texas State working on amphibian diversity in relation to forest habitats.
This tiny jeweled frog found within the Yasuni National Park boundaries, but not on the other side of the Tiputini River in the park's buffer zone, is Ranitomeya duellmani. Quick and toxic I find myself sprawled out on the rain forest floor to get this shot, leaving me covered in mud.
Working as a research assistant for Shawn McCracken on his PhD project, we documented all species found within the Aechmea zebrina bromeliads. Climbing trees is no small feat for this researcher and the rewards are unusual species like this vicious little ant. The continuous biting of his mandibles could be heard as I took these photos.